Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I've been sitting here in front of my computer for a while now...not sure in what the Lord wants me to share with all of you today...
I continually pray and ask for guidance as to how He would want to use the Living Proverbs 22:6 posts. Clearly from the beginning, He as given the answer that I should simply share my journey of parenting with you. To share praises, struggles and sometimes the pain of training four children.
Which on a lighter note, there has been MUCH pain in potty training Kolton! =)
But today I'm a little messy inside and don't know what to share. Which for those of you who know me...might find that surprising!! I always have my two bits to share, right?! So we will see what spills out on the screen today as I pray for the Holy Spirit to lead my words....
Lately the Lord has been giving situations to stretch and grow my faith. He is continuing to mold me, which hurts...but I praise Him for it! Praise God that He doesn't give up on us!! There are no words to describe the grace and mercy He has shown me in my life!
Thank you Lord!!
And how does that relate to our children?? Sometimes, I feel that I have so much mess in me that I can't possibly teach them correctly. Or worse yet...teach them one thing then live out another. Yikes... It's a constant reality check. Our children see our best and worst! How do we handle our worst? Do we brush it under the rug and next time around that same mountain handle the situation the same darn way?
It happens...and it happens to me more than I care to admit.
I get stuck on myself! Stuck in sin, but praise God when He reveals that to us. When we see it for what it is...we can lay it down. Jesus said "My yoke is easy and My burden is light"...we don't need to carry the burdens we do. But, man it is a long process of dying to our stenchy flesh.
Don't let your current situation, the burdens weighing you down, hinder you from seeing the awesome wonderful gifts (your children) He has given you!! Life is HARD WORK! Parenting is HARD WORK!! But don't give up!!
FOCUS on them!!
LOVE them unconditionally!!
LISTEN to them contently!!
TEACH them the TRUTH and the HOPE we have in Christ!!
SHOW your love for Christ by living it out in front of them!!
CHERISH every second you have them with you!!
We will have mountains and valleys to travel through...walk it out together!! Live out your faith together hand in hand while standing on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ!!
"Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ." Col 2:6-8
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Remember last week when I mentioned Wild Olive Tees??
Our second place winner will receive
Good luck with deciding which one!!
So hop on over and give them a visit!! They are a wonderful group of ladies!!
WANT TO KNOW HOW YOU CAN WIN??
For each dollar that you donate to Malachi (chipin in the sidebar), you will receive a number or chance to win our giveaway! For example if you donate $5 you will receive 5 numbers or chances.
Please remember...that all donations go directly to the family so you will have to forward your chipin pmt confirmation to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be entered. Once received, Laura will send you your numbers.
FIRST place will be ~a Baby be Blessed Scripture Lion!
SECOND place as mentioned above, a FREE TEE of your choice from Wild Olive!
THIRD place will be a Valentine print dress for your Baby be Blessed doll!!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I LOVE Eli's lamb! Thank you so very much. I can't wait to
bless my friend with hers! She leaves the end of the month to bring her daughter home from China!
Joy, we will be praying of your friend!! Thank you so much for sharing your sweet boy!! Are there really words to describe how CUTE he is??
Do you have a picture you would like to share??
Please email them to me at email@example.com
Monday, January 25, 2010
Well...it will definitely be a Marvelous start to a Monday for at least one person!!
The winner of our Yay...Free Friday!!
My mind is number scrambled after the tally of all these entries!! But I praise God for it and pray that He continues to use Baby be Blessed for His glory!
The winner of this weeks Giveaway is
(DRUM ROLL PLEASE)
Ms Diane Harlow!!
Thanks to ALL of you who entered!!
Then on to our Monday Morning Order Update!!
This week we are~
Cutting order numbers: B10-135 through B10-143
Sewing order numbers: B10-126 through B10-134
Stitching smiles (finishing): B10-118 through B10-125
Shipping: B10-110 through B10-117
EASTER CART UPDATE!!
*We only will have the cart open for 10 more lamb/bunny/lion orders. If you have been thinking of placing an order for Easter, please do so quickly. This is the ONLY cart that will guarantee Easter delivery! THANK YOU!!! =)***********************************
GIVE A BLESSING
We know that the Lord hears EVERY prayer!! Go visit Malachi's blog today and see how God is working.... http://marissakayesharbaugh.blogspot.com/
Thanks to every single one of you have prayed and are continuing to pray for sweet Malachi!!
This is our last week to support them through donations so if the Lord stirs your heart to give, please do so!!
We are over half way to our goal of $1000!!
We are blessed and praise God that you would walk along side us to help is family!
Have a wonderful week!
Much love everyone!!
Friday, January 22, 2010
YAY!!! How about another giveaway??!!
This is Miss Lucy Lou!!
As we continue to spread the Word of God one doll at a time,
"For I know the plans I have for you,"
Would you like to win this sweet baby??
To Enter: Now read carefully... =)
1. Please leave a comment with your contact information, under this post. You may enter Friday through Sunday, and we will pick the winner Monday!!
2. For an extra chances to win, please become a follower of this blog, Tweet and/or Facebook! Do all three and get three extra chances!!
Thank you - Thank you!!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The Holy Bible is our manual for living. It holds the answer to every question and gives hope to every situation that this world has for us. The problem is that we don't use it as we should. We look at people to give us direction and self help books to heal our problems. Well folks...we will never be able to depend on those things. There is NO HOPE within ourselves or things of this world. Our only hope is in Jesus Christ, believing that He died on that cross for our sins and resurrected on that third day!!
We are currently going through the book of Mark at our Fellowship
(Calvary Christian Fellowship -link on the sidebar)
Chapter 10 starts off with two big topics, divorce and children.
You know, reading the word of God word for word...and then allowing the Holy Spirit to work in our heart -WOW! I don't really have words to describe it. There are no words to describe it!! Sometimes its encouraging and sometimes it reveals the sin we still have to work through.
Well, I want to share the message with you today. As I was listening to Pastor Jim, my heart caught fire!! The entire message goes right along with Living out Proverbs 22:6!
to listen to what the Lord has to say concerning divorce and concerning children.
Please don't think that this is a bash session if you have been divorced, it's not. Or if you haven't been divorced, please don't think that this won't apply to your life, it will!! =)
I'm sharing this because the Holy Spirit can speak to everyone of us through it...and I pray that we are open to receive and be changed people through it!
Much love everyone!!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
We are almost to the half way mark of our monthly goal to help raise $1000 for this sweet boy!
A BIG thank you to those who have donated!! I praise God for your giving heart!!
Well...we want to offer you all an extra goodie for giving this week!! Today through Sunday we will throw in a special Valentine scripture crown for every $20.00 that you donate!! PERFECT time for Valentines day and a great way to show the love of Christ to the Sharbaugh family by giving!!
Want to mention that the first prize in our Give a Blessing Giveaway this month will be...
This Baby be Blessed scripture Lion!!
The SECOND place prize will be an item from Wild Olive Tees!! VERY EXCITED about this!! We are still working out details, so I'll let you know when I get them!!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Here's to another Marvelous Monday everyone!!
I pray you all had a wonderful weekend!
First and foremost, let's see who won the Yay...Free Friday Giveaway!
Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:25
Timestamp: 2010-01-18 12:26:50 UTC
WHOO HOO!! Congratulations Melissa!!
Keep checking back for our next Yay...Free Friday!!
I love them!!
Next on the list today is an Order Status Update.
Remember that you may check this information anytime by clicking the Order Status link on the left sidebar at our website.
Here's what we are working on this week!!
This week we are~
Cutting order numbers: B10-126 through B10-134
Sewing order numbers: B10-118 through B10-125
Stitching smiles (finishing): B10-110 through B10-117
Shipping: B10-100 through B10-109 and B10-115
**We received a couple of emails this past week concerning not receiving your order numbers. Please give us at least a week to get all our correspondence back and forth to you. If it has been longer than a week, please double check your spam/junk folder to make sure it didn't get caught there, then please contact us!!
Have a wonderful week everyone!!
Friday, January 15, 2010
"I am the resurrection and the life"
Personalize a Lamb, Lamb Bundle, Bunny or Lion with your child's name and the Scripture of your choice! Orders placed through THIS CART ONLY will be guaranteed to ship BY March 20, 2010. I know it's early, but we want to make sure your baskets are filled!
Only taking orders for limited amount of dolls so please place your order today!
This soft yellow chenille lamb measures 16" tall. The face and inner ear are made from silky smooth ivory minky, has safety eyes and handstitched nose/mouth. An ivory bow trims the neck. Sewn on the belly is a scripture patch that reads:
"Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Matthew 6:33
*To Enter: Please leave a comment under this post with your contact information Friday-Sunday (only one entry please). On Monday, I will pick the winner!! *
Have a wonderful and blessed weekend!!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
KINDNESS~ Seeing needs in the lives of others as opportunities to demonstrate my love for Christ.
I received this message in a thank you card. After reading it many times and holding on to it for a long while, it was strong on my heart that I should teach this to our children. It's a loaded statement! Being truly KIND goes much deeper than just using your manners.
It's a heart matter.
It's a where's my relationship with Christ matter.
This whole month along side our morning Bible and prayer time, we are discussing KINDNESS. We are digging in to the above description of KINDNESS and have spent time looking up and memorizing scriptures to support God's call for us to be KIND.
"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you." Eph. 4:32
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness..." Gal. 5:22
"But love your enemies, and do good and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men." Luke 6:35
These are just a few that we have looked at so far....
Seeing needs in others. I asked what they thought that meant. Most of their answers were big...like if someone needed food or a house. Yes, they are absolutely right! But I encouraged them to keep their eyes open for the little needs that are all around us daily. Maybe they could pick up a pencil that dropped on the floor. Maybe someone needs a KIND word of encouragement. How about instead of the first one to recess that you are the last to ask your teacher if they need help or push in the chairs that are left out? What about the kid in class that treats you badly? How could you be kind to them??
What about us as parents?? How do we see the needs in others?
What we do...our children will do!!
By showing KINDNESS to others, we are ultimately showing our love for Christ!!
We are showing THE LOVE OF CHRIST!!
"We love, because He first loved us" 1 John 4:19
To show true KINDNESS we must deny self. We must put Christ first, others second and ourselves last. Daily pick up that heavy cross and move forward...
It's a choice.
Do you love Christ??
Then I challenge you seek out opportunities to demonstrate that love to others!! Even those we think deserve that kindness the least...
You WILL be blessed!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Here are your random numbers: 5
Timestamp: 2010-01-11 14:30:59 UTC
I have been drooling over your sweet dolls for my little girl. She our 4th after 3 big brothers! Love the Scripture...I repeat it to my children often while encouraging and correcting. Kiley
This week we are~
Cutting order numbers: B10-118 through B10-125
Sewing order numbers: B10-110 through B10-117
Stitching smiles (finishing): B10-100 through B10-109 and B10-115
Shipping: Some Lambs (orders listed by last name) Young, Gruner, Olson, Maljian, Kimoto, Rose, Humphreys, and Hryzan. Also...McGregor and Ellicott.
Malachi was nominated through someone who has never met or knows the family except through reading their blog. They came to her mind as we were emailing back and forth and she gave me their blog info. I truly believe that if God gives you a door you walk through it so I contacted Marissa and here we are!!
So how can you help support Malachi??
First and foremost with prayer!!
PRAY- PRAY- PRAY! Write this sweet babies name down so your eyes see it frequently and pray for him throughout the day! It is the most powerful thing we can be doing!!
Spread the word!! Ask others to pray!! Bring awareness to his condition...allow God to use you as a vessel to do His work!!
Donate!! Help this family financially, by making a donation! A chipin was set up in the left sidebar. We are setting a $1000 goal this month! Can you help us meet that goal??
All donations go directly to the Sharbaugh Family. Every penny counts! Even $5 can help them with all the medical expenses! Help us raise money and copy the chipin html code and place it on your site...again, spread the word! =)
As an extra incentive, for every dollar received you will be entered into a drawing! I'll be working on the giveaway item this week, and will let you know what it is very soon!!
Go visit their blog today and catch up on little Malachi!! Take a moment to leave an encouraging word and please let them know that you are praying for their little boy!!
Have a wonderful day in Christ!
"In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35
Friday, January 8, 2010
I love-love-love Yay...Free Friday's!! With each giveaway, we smile knowing that God has already chosen who He desires to win each doll even before we list it!! May He be glorified!!
This is the Miss Esther Ruth doll! She measures 16" tall, has caramel hair, safety eyes and a handstitched smile and lashes. She has yarn ponies trimmed with blue bows and I added a touch of blush to her cheeks!
Her scripture patch reads:
"Above all else guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life." Proverbs 4:23
**To enter, please leave your contact information under this post. You may enter once only today-Sunday. I'll be back to pick the winner on Monday!!**
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
He was named after Ellis Andrew...who received the very first doll!!
I was a little partial myself to this name choice and think it is a perfect fit!!
Joy, you called out the troops and they came through for ya!! =)
Thanks so much to EVERYONE who took the second to vote!
It was FUN!! ~Tina
Thursday, January 7, 2010
It feels really good to get back into the swing of things after the Holiday's! I was blessed to have two straight weeks with our children during their CHRISTmas/New Year break! It was great to just hang out and do whatever we wanted that day!! But after two weeks of little structure and schedule, I think we all needed and looked forward to our daily routine because things were getting a little crazy!! =)
Getting back on track with our morning Bible and prayer time is awesome! If you don't do this with your children *I really encourage you to start!! If your faith is important to you...you'll choose to put it FIRST in your lives! There is no better way to start each day than to open God's word and dig in IT along with your breakfast!! I need this just as much as our children do!
It's a choice and a commitment...just as everything else that is important to us.
Now, I feel on my heart to mention that some days there is one obstacle in front of another to do this. I don't want to give you the impression that the Thompson family is holier than thou, perfect, never struggle and open their Bibles everyday. That is not near the truth. Living out our faith is hard and sometimes ugly due to the areas of sin we/I still struggle with. Sometimes I look at another family and think...wow, they have it all together. But the truth is that if you peek in their windows they deal with the same issues you and I deal with! I feel that the enemy fills our heads with defeated lies so that we don't push through the valley to get to the beautiful mountain side!
To be honest...it's those days that I don't choose to spend quality time in my Bible that I struggle more! Now I can honestly say that I open my Bible everyday, but that doesn't count. I'm talking about REALLY digging in and absorbing the Word in it's fullness, not just a scripture here and there. It's our daily bread, our strength, our armor, instruction and encouragement to get through each day in a Godly manner. When we don't equip ourselves DAILY...things go quickly down into the pooper!
In our Bible time this morning the Holy Spirit gave me an example to share...
We have a little yellow strainer that the kids play with in the bath tub. I asked them to think of themselves as that little strainer. I asked what happened when they reached up and turned on the water over that strainer. It pours down into the strainer right?? And we have the control on how hard we turn on the water. If we turn it on just a little bit...a little bit trickles down through the strainer and might dribble out a few holes. If we turn it on full force...WOW...(the kids faces LIT up) how it is overflowing over every side, BURSTING through all the little holes out the bottom, streaming down in every direction!!!!
Isn't that an example of our faith? God is always there waiting on us. He gives us free will and the choice to reach up and grab hold of that faucet....but how far are you turning on the water?? You know that the facet is their right? But how much water are you allowing to yourself? Is it only allow a dribble to flowing down to you? Maybe a little more when there is a difficult time going on in your life...but when it passes, you slow the stream back down again??
This was my life for many years...I believed in God. I prayed to Him. But honestly, it was only during a crisis or tough time that I needed Him to get me through. I describe myself now, as a crisis prayer...and I only had a small trickle or sometimes thin stream of water flowing down. I didn't have much of God to fill me let alone flow down to my children.
Most of my issues were about control. I wanted to control my own life...I wasn't really taught about who God REALLY is...sure, I prayed the sinner's prayer (a few times over), but did not completely surrender my life to Him. Hmmm, maybe I thought my life would be boring or I'd have to give up too much....
But what would happen if we all would turn that water on all the way!! WOW!! My face lights up just as my kids faces this morning!! We would be so full!! So full that we flow down to everyone around us...and Christ could use us to help fill them up to!! That we would pour into them the joy, hope and peace that we can only receive through Christ!!
I pray that we would draw closer to the Lord in 2010!! That we make the choice DAILY to reach up and grab that faucet...that we would pour the Living Word into ourselves and watch how God will faithfully fill and overflow us!!
Let me tell you...we will not give up anything, but gain! And life will absolutely not be boring but more adventurous than ever before!!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I've chosen a few of my favorites and want you to VOTE for your favorite on the right side bar!!
I've opened it up so you can vote as many times as you wish...so keep coming back over the next couple of days to make sure you get the name you feel fits him the best!!
We will pick the official name on Friday!!
Have fun and have a wonderfully JOYFUL day!!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
We were blessed to sit next to Joy and her husband Jason at the Show Hope Benefit! I LOVE it when God places people together for His purpose, and what great new friends we now have! Ellis received the very first Asian boy...and his name is in the running (see below)!
Thank you so much for taking the time to email us photo's Joy!! Your children are just too precious!!
Do you have a picture for Too Cute...Tuesday??
Have you sent a picture that I haven't used yet??
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another,even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples,if you have love for one another." John 13:34-35
Monday, January 4, 2010
Our blog along with the order status page on our website, will be updated every Monday to show you what dolls we are working on.
We currently use a number system and NOT a weekly leadtime. We feel this is the best way to keep you most up-to-date so we can focus on making your order as quickly as possible.
This week we are~
Cutting order numbers: B10-110 through B10-117
Sewing order numbers: B10-100 through B10-109
Stitching smiles (finishing): Some Lambs (orders listed by last name) Young, Gruner, Olson, Maljian, Kimoto, Rose, Humphreys, & Hryzan
Shipping order numbers: ---
~To give you an idea for lead time...we currently are running *approximately* 14 weeks for shipment.
We make each doll in the order we receive them therefore we can not guarantee a specific delivery date. Your shipment all depends on the orders we have in house.
So please plan ahead for Holiday's, Birthday's, Baptism's ect... We want everyone to receive their order in plenty of time of your special day!
Thank you so much!
Have a wonderful and blessed week!!
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your body
And refreshment to your bones."